Both my younger daughters are learning the guitar and are practising with Make You Feel My Love. They think the song is by Adele and were horrified to learn that it is by the dreaded Bob Dylan. “Dreaded” because they have spent a good part of their young lives begging me to turn Dylan off whenever I play his records. Dylan will welcome the boost to his coffers- will he ever get round to spending any of it? Adele’s cover version of Make You Feel My Love has re-entered the top ten this week, making it the first song in chart history to make the top ten four times in the same chart run, having moved 78-24-44-76-102-4-11-20-17-27-19-9-12-9-21-31-26-33-31-27-7. The previous leaps have occurred whenever the song has featured on the X Factor and this week’s because Kerry Kantona danced to it on Dancing On Ice .
Adele’s second album, 21, is released this week. She’s been outstanding on her last two appearances on Jools Holland, so the album promises to be a cracker. I’ll buy it, if only to tide me over until the new Paloma Faith album comes out in March.
Talented though she is, Adele is lucky to have made it. New artists accounted for only 10% of Top 50 revenue worldwide last year compared to 27% in 2003, and that includes Simon Cowell’s stable of second-raters. No wonder great acts like the Heroes of She are being left on the sidelines.
Thanks to Music Week and The Times, for the stats.